What To Discuss With Your Doctor
From the Surgeon General's 2004 Report: "Bone Health: What It Means To You"
(Current as of March 1, 2010)
Talk with your doctor, nurse, or other health care professional about your bone health. Use this checklist to start your discussion.
- Ask to check your risk for bone disease. Discuss your need for a bone density test.
Talk about any fall, even ones in which you were not hurt. Tell him or her about any broken bones you’ve had.
- If you have fallen, ask about the need for a full evaluation. Tests include vision, balance, walking, muscle strength, heart function, and blood pressure.
- Go over all the medications you are taking (including over-the-counter ones). Do this at least once a year. This helps avoid dangerous drug interactions and taking higher doses of drugs than you need, which can lead to falls.
- Ask if your doctor checks vision. Annual vision checks can help eliminate bone-breaking falls.
- Know your calcium and vitamin D intake. Report your totals to your doctor.
- If you would like to try a new physical activity, ask about the best choices for you.